Officials moved nearly 100 mountain goats from the Olympics last summer. How are they doing now?
Four undergraduate students at Western Washington University will visit the translocated goats, now dispersed throughout the mountain range, over a seven-week stretch this summer.
The students will take four-day trips, traveling several miles toward the goats’ GPS coordinates and then observing the animals from a distance with binoculars or a spotting scope.
“Sometimes there’s trails, but most of the time they’ll have to do quite a bit of bushwhacking,” said David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University leading the project. “The terrain these animals are in is quite challenging.”